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101  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: February 03, 2015, 02:45:44 AM
The little blizzard that couldn't...

102  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Malwarebytes FREE and PRO/Premium - Mini-Review. on: February 02, 2015, 05:15:06 AM
VERSION UPDATE to the Opening Post - 2015-02-03 (MBAM PRO/Premium is now v2.0.4.1028).
103  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interview with John McAfee on: February 02, 2015, 02:01:13 AM
Rather interesting vid interview, thanks for linking it.
104  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Memory lane for motorists on: February 01, 2015, 06:45:48 PM
@mouser drives the point home...hur, hur hur.
I think the correct URL should probably be just up to the end of the string "history":
(How did it get the "wrong" suffix?)

Looks like some fine cars on those pages, starting with one of my fav drool cars - the AC Cobra.   Kiss
105  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: February 01, 2015, 03:30:13 PM
Computer Arithmetic Tragedies page of Kees Vuik
Some disasters caused by numerical errors
  •    Patriot Missile Failure
  •    Explosion of the Ariane 5
  •    EURO page: Conversion Arithmetics
  •    The Vancouver Stock Exchange
  •    Rounding error changes Parliament makeup
  •    The sinking of the Sleipner A offshore platform
  •    Tacoma bridge failure (wrong design)
  •    200 million dollar typing error (typing error)
  •    What's 77.1 x 850? Don't ask Excel 2007
  •    Collection of Software Bugs

(This is just some errors. Doesn't mention others - e.g., including the Mars lander crash, Treasury spreadsheet errors, the recent NY snowstorm estimates/forecasts.)
106  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Malwarebytes FREE and PRO/Premium - Mini-Review. on: January 30, 2015, 07:10:35 PM
The main flaw I find in MBAM now is if I right click a file or folder to scan it and get the Database is out of Date, it doesn't resume the job after I update.  Either that or I don't know how to get it to.  So I've taken to running it, click update if it needs it, close it, right click yadda yadda.  That kind of kills off the convenience factor.  smiley

I also had that problem at one point, but not any longer. It has "gone away". You will likely find that running the above FIX will restore MBAM to operating the way it should.
107  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / FIXED: Malwarebytes permanently running at high (approx. 27%) CPU utilisation. on: January 30, 2015, 07:08:07 PM
Just posting this as potentially useful information to others:

The Problem was with MBAM Premium/PRO:
  • After boot-up, the MBAM.exe process would permanently sit at a high (about 27%) CPU utilisation, even though it was not running a scan or anything. This was on a Toshiba Satellite L855D laptop, with 8GB RAM and AMD A8 Vision and Quad Core. OS is Win8.1-64 PRO.
  • Rebooting or tweaking the MBAM Dashboard/Settings seemed to have no effect, so stopping the process seemed to be the only way to stop the high CPU utilisation. Stopping it seemed to cause MBAM to return/respawn with 90% CPU utilisation.
  • Uninstalling and then reinstalling MBAM had no effect on this behaviour.
  • Stopping Chameleon seemed to have no effect either.

The Fix was:
After reading the MBAM User Forum and finding no post to help me in this, I decided that the best thing do do would probably be to use Malwarebytes' own MBAM Clean Removal Process.
  • 1. Download the MBAM Cleaner tool - mbam-clean- from here.
  • 2. Download the latest version of MBAM.
  • 3. Go offline (just in case).
  • 4. Execute the MBAM Cleaner tool. It will then Restart the PC. This also removes all logs, Registry entries, and other vestigial traces of MBAM.
  • 5. Execute the install for the latest version of MBAM (downloaded at Step 2). Untick the "Trial" selector.
  • 6. Enter your Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Consumer License ID and Key details.
  • 7. Go online.
  • 8. Set MBAM to update itself and its malware signature database.
  • 9. When the update in Step 8 has completed, set MBAM to do a Threat Scan. This clears the Dashboard warning message - because the Cleaner tool also removes all logs, Registry entries, and other vestigial traces of MBAM, it gives a persistent warning message that it has never done a scan on that PC).

After the scan has completed, MBAM will typically tend to sit at around 0.25% CPU utilisation, which is normal.
108  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Peer Review and the Scientific Process on: January 30, 2015, 05:23:47 AM
In this discussion thread, in a response to @xtabber here, I drew three conclusions:
Some conclusions we could arrive at here would include:
  • A. Truth: You can't make something true out of a collection of logical fallacies. That would be an assault upon reason. Once you accept one invalid premise, you can accept infinitely more.
    However, the depressing reality seems too often to be that many people are so unable to think rationally for themselves that they seem gullible to this kind of barrage of logical fallacy. One's head would be full of a confusing and probably conflicting mass of invalid premises, with ergo no real knowledge or understanding of truth.

  • B. Peer review per se is not crucial as it cannot and does not certainly establish truth: We have already seen, in this discussion thread and others - e.g., including, the thread on CAGW, Thermageddon? Postponed! - that there is plenty of evidence to demonstrate pretty conclusively that peer review is an unreliable instrument for determining truth, as it can be and has been, and probably will continue to be used/abused to rationalise whatever careless or unethical/misguided scientists might want, because they cannot otherwise scientifically prove a pet theory or preferred/biased conclusion.
    This is also well-documented in the literature - e.g., including as referred to in one of the spoilers above("…on broken trust in peer review and how to fix it").

  • C. Falsifiability is crucial:
    Falsifiability or refutability is the property of a statement, hypothesis, or theory whereby it could be shown to be false if some conceivable observation were true. In this sense, falsify is synonymous with nullify, meaning not "to commit fraud" but "show to be false". Science must be falsifiable. - Wikipedia.

One of the things that often puzzles me is how easily we seem to be conned by false peer reviews and how we are seemingly so wilfully blind to the truth in things, and so I was very interested to read the lifehacker post Carl Sagan's Best Productivity Tricks, where it says:
(Copied below sans embedded hyperlinks/images.)
...Hone Your "Baloney Detection Kit"
Sagan was first and foremost a scientist, and that means he had a very specialized outlook on the world. In his book, The Demon Haunted World, he outlines what he calls his "baloney detection kit." The kit is essentially a means to test arguments and find fallacies. It's a great toolset for skeptical thinking. Here's part of his kit:
  • Wherever possible there must be independent confirmation of the "facts."
  • Encourage substantive debate on the evidence by knowledgeable proponents of all points of view.
  • Arguments from authority carry little weight — "authorities" have made mistakes in the past. They will do so again in the future. Perhaps a better way to say it is that in science there are no authorities; at most, there are experts.
  • Spin more than one hypothesis. If there's something to be explained, think of all the different ways in which it could be explained. Then think of tests by which you might systematically disprove each of the alternatives. What survives, the hypothesis that resists disproof in this Darwinian selection among "multiple working hypotheses," has a much better chance of being the right answer than if you had simply run with the first idea that caught your fancy.
  • Try not to get overly attached to a hypothesis just because it's yours. It's only a way station in the pursuit of knowledge. Ask yourself why you like the idea. Compare it fairly with the alternatives. See if you can find reasons for rejecting it. If you don't, others will.
Sagan's kit here isn't just for science, of course. It's great for everything, from presidential debates to statistics. When you challenge those biases, you walk away with a better point of view. It's also a good toolset if you're making an argument at work, giving a presentation in school, or even just taking on a lively debate at the dinner table. The better you are at detecting baloney, the better your arguments will be in the long run. ...
(Read the rest at the link.)

It's all "habits of mind" really - thinking skills (De Bono).
109 Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Feature request: select/display Grid column data > horizontal rows in Memo pane. on: January 28, 2015, 08:23:13 PM
This feature could be very useful to not only myself but also other CHS users.
Thanks in advance for your consideration.

Please make sure to read the notes in the 3 rows on the lower RHS of the mock-up.

110  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 28, 2015, 02:35:05 PM
Rather droll headline at "Diplomaculate Conception": U.S. Helped Jailed Cuban Five Member Artificially Inseminate His Wife
111  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 28, 2015, 11:28:02 AM
...Ummm... once?  Unless you're projecting your own experiences.  But of course, I couldn't possibly comment.
Nooo...not quite the point I was obliquely suggesting (though your response is a good one and gets half-way there).
Never mind.    Cool
112  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 28, 2015, 11:22:28 AM
At this time of year we are being beset my mossies at night. I have purchased a couple of electronic fly-swatters that burn the little blighters up with a high voltage burst of electricity, on contact. Revenge.
However, there are limits to their use - e.g., little children should not get to use them as they could be hurt.

I was thus struck by the following piece of purportedly ancient Chinese wisdom that was emailed to me today by a friend:

The Great Lao-Tsu said "It is only when you see a mosquito landing on your testicles that you realize that there is always a way to solve problems without using violence ...
113  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 28, 2015, 10:58:25 AM
@wraith808: OK, just out of interest, that's how many times now that you have been censured for making unfunny jokes?
Some people (not me, you understand) might say that there could be a message in there, but I couldn't possibly comment.
114 Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Does CHS handle Rich Text? on: January 28, 2015, 05:13:47 AM
When I have played about with CHS, I have sometimes, under certain conditions (copying text from my Concise Oxford Dictionary app.), been able to see that it does seem to support rich text to some extent (e.g., coloured text) but only in the single latest clip in the Clipboard buffer. That formatting was expunged as soon as the next clip was brought into the top of the buffer.
That was under Win7-64, but I can't seem to get it to work at all now, under Win8.1-64 PRO.
115  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 28, 2015, 04:21:21 AM
Awww. Polar bears are sooo cute!

116  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 27, 2015, 06:53:21 PM
Ah! Thanks for correcting me on that @wraith808 - I had not known there was such a film, and thus assumed (apparently erroneously) that it was a spoof on "Rosemary's Baby". Your comment makes sense - e.g., I did wonder where the wicker baby basket came from, as that was not on the RB poster as far as I could recall (I last saw it many years back).
I looked up "It's Alive" on IMDB, and thought it seems like a silly horror movie. The theme of "a couple's infant child turns out to be a vicious mutant monster that kills when frightened" is replicated to some extent in the SF movie "Looper", where the boy child seems normal but is innocent and a telekinetic and cannot control his damaging powers when he is frightened. The surprising outcome in the story is that he is to be part of changed history (alternative futures) for the better.
117  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 27, 2015, 09:52:10 AM
^^ ... and I only came across this one the other day:


Fortunately, black humour is alive and well in the US, it seems.
118  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 27, 2015, 05:01:45 AM
^^ That sort of grisly humour reminds me of this, which I think I posted to this thread to much acclaim, some time back:


119  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 25, 2015, 03:24:43 PM
Brilliant cartoonist Martin Honeysett has died at the age of 71. Here's a couple of his rather bitingly dark humour, from Punch:



120  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: January 25, 2015, 10:35:09 AM
As a keen cyclist with children, I had always been in favour of the New Zealand law making it compulsory to wear a bicycle helmet. However, the outcome of that law is apparently not what one might have intuitively expected - according to a 2012 report from the NZ Medical Journal. I'd not seen it before. Very interesting statistical analysis.
Evaluation of New Zealand’s bicycle helmet law - New Zealand Medical Journal
121 Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Slow on: January 25, 2015, 07:34:07 AM
I don't know if this is related, but I have often found CHS to be inexplicably slow when displaying consecutive clips. I had assumed that pruning out the clips database to a bare minimum should help. and it seems to, but that means I have to hold far less clips than I would like.
28,000 clips would seem like a lot though.
122  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Rant Thread! on: January 25, 2015, 07:00:09 AM
Got to Korea. 27 hours by air. Laptop is hosed. Worked at home. Tablet has errors now. Can't install anything now. Google Play Services errors. Smartphone stopped booting. Had to rent a phone. Disaster. I'm a bit pissed off.
Just as problem analysis: Why do you say your laptop was "hosed"? What exactly were the symptoms?
What do you suppose the cause was?
123  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Evernote Desktop v2.2.1.386.0 appreciation thread on: January 25, 2015, 04:13:34 AM
Interesting. That seemed to be a piece of software with superb, but not realised potential. I didn't appreciate that it still worked with Evernote though. I thought it had been deprecated/hobbled because they belatedly realised it didn't fit with the Evernote lock-in  - oops, sorry, "business model".
In the various comments I have posted on DCF and, I have often referred directly or obliquely to this defunct software.
One of the main reasons I use OneNote now is that Evernote pulled that client software.
124  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 20, 2015, 05:29:47 AM
I didn't get the Slovakia thing. So, I did a search...

No, I didn't get the Slovakian thing either. My 13 y/o daughter was told the joke by her Iranian friend (a girl), who apparently was told it by the Croatian father of one of her friends, or something.
I did a DuckGo search and after wading through the results I came to the conclusion that Slovaks seem to sometimes be the default nation to be the butt of jokes in some (mostly European?) countries. As far as I could determine, a lot of the jokes seemed to denigrate the Slovaks and were thus not very nice, but this one could be atypical because, whilst the implication would seem to be that Slovaks can't even tell a funny joke, the idea that a penguin might say "Radio" a propos of nothing, to another penguin standing nearby is preposterous, and therefore could be amusing. Anyway, for that reason, my daughter decided it was quite funny in and of itself and told it to me. My initial reaction though was "Huh? I don't get it."

I'd been sorting out my jokes database a bit today - hence the two golfing jokes - and thought I'd toss in the Slovakian one to see the effect, because it's kind of a case in point regarding what I wrote above:
...We all have different paradigms - e.g., I only belatedly got @crabby3's rather clever photo joke about the cat's headstone. ...
I wouldn't save the Slovakian joke into my database, because it didn't make me larf.
By the way, I thought "the bridge named Chuck Norris" was quite amusing.
125  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 20, 2015, 04:11:55 AM
Two penguins were standing on an iceberg.
One said to the other, "Radio".

(It's apparently what is described as "a Slovakian joke".)
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